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Culture shock: Transness in Women’s Month

As Women’s Month draws to a close, I just felt the urge to pull something off my chest. I’m not binary, but I’m still affected by misogyny. I’ve felt pretty left out of conversations about violence due to misogyny because of my gender identity, and I hope that’s something people can keep in mind when they have those conversations out there. ‘to come up. Not only women are the targets of misogynistic violence, not only women are affected by it. Much of the trans community is also affected by misogyny, and we deserve to be included in conversations about misogyny. (Also, I would like to clarify that this claim is not the same as cis men trying to insert themselves into the conversation and silence people who speak out because trans people don’t have the same type of social capital than cis men). It’s disabling to reduce it to mere binary genders, and reductive to talk about it only from a cisgender heterosexual prism. I just wish we were more included in conversations relevant to our experiences, and I’m disappointed in campus organizations and peers who haven’t included us in the past month. Please do better in the future.

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